In a bid to end its 5 year nuclear standoff with the international community, Iran’s so-called “constructive and creative” response on July 4 has come on the back of hints and rumors suggesting that it might also be willing to honor a ‘six week’ moratorium on new centrifuge deployments and uranium enrichment in return for a moratorium on new sanctions. Although such suggestions fall clearly short of halting current centrifuge activities and enrichment, they are, nevertheless, being interpreted as a positive sign which might possibly lead to a process of conclusive discussions with the ‘5+1’ countries.
|The Mullahs' Dead End?|
Frontpage Interview's guest today is Hassan Daioleslam, an Iranian human rights activist and political scholar. Daioleslam was born in Tehran in 1957. After finishing his primary and high school in Tehran, he entered the Polytechnic University of Tehran in 1974. In the years after the 1979 Iranian Islamist Revolution in Iran, he became a student movement leader standing up against Khomeini's repression and mass executions. He eventually left the country and settled in France. During the 1980s and early 1990s, Daioleslam was active with Iranian secular movements, human rights activities and the defense of Iranian political prisoners.
|Our Man in Iran?|
Iran’s latest missile tests occurred just as there have been glimmers of progress in nuclear negotiations between Tehran and the Western powers. Whether or not those talks succeed, it’s time for Washington to open a diplomatic post in Tehran. more
|Iran's Blood-drenched Mullahs|
A s a sign of the troubled relations between Tehran and the West, Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno just renamed the street next to the Iranian embassy "July 9th St." - after the date symbolizing the 1999 student pro-democracy demonstrations in Tehran. Iran responded angrily, but at the same time released a statement by its foreign minister about possible progress in negotiations over its nuclear program. While the diplomatic rhetoric may appear ambivalent, Tehran's domestic actions appear much more clear and defiant. Last Tuesday, Iran hanged another teenager, 19-year-old Hamid Reza, who was convicted of murder. The country's parliament is also considering a bill that could result in the death penalty being used for those deemed to be promoting corruption, prostitution and apostasy on the Internet. more
What the Mullahs Should Mull
US journalist: During massive IAF maneuver in June Israel tested Russian S-300 anti-aircraft radar ahead of possible attack on Iran....
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